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Justicia spicigera

 
Justicia spicigera
firecracker plant, Mexican honeysuckle
Justicia spicigera

Common name firecracker plant, Mexican honeysuckle
Family acanthaceae
Life cycle tender shrub (Z8-11)
Flowers orange
Size 4-6'
Light sun-part shade

Evergreen shrub with glossy bright-green crinkly leaves and clusters of tubular orange flowers that appear over a long season of bloom. Its top growth dies back in the more severe freezes our zone 8b climate occasionally throws at us, but survives unharmed most winters. When it does die back, it regrows quickly, and can still bloom by April. Reportedly attracts hummingbirds, although we've not spotted any around ours yet. Pruning helps keep plants from getting leggy.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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